OAKLAND -- Raiders haven’t signed many members of their free-agent class. After re-signing safety Charles Woodson in February, there’s been a great void.
The others were left to seek other employment, but there was something about C.J. Wilson the new coaching staff liked. On Sunday evening, the Raiders signed him to a new two-year contract.
Wilson announced the re-signing with his Twitter account on Wednesday evening. Per a CBS affiliate from Greenville, N.C. on scene at the signing celebration, Wilson inked a two-year contract worth up to $4.6 million. The contract’s guaranteed money was not immediately known.
His announcement came from a pair of social media transmissions:
Want to thank God, my fam, n all of those who prayed for me. I jus signed my contract n will e returning back to the Raiders. #RaiderNation— cj wilson (@cjwilson95) March 26, 2015
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio alluded to this signing during Tuesday morning’s breakfast at the NFL owners meetings, saying the team was close to signing a defensive lineman he did not immediately identify.
Wilson was the obvious candidate, but nothing was official as the owners meetings in Phoenix closed on Wednesday afternoon. Wilson signed his contract later that night.
Wilson will be a welcome addition to a defensive line with just three defensive ends and little depth along the front. Wilson is a versatile threat who can play every position on the four-man line. He’s a solid run defender who can be a good player inside and out in the base defense.
The Raiders learned that firsthand when he played 372 snaps and made seven starts in silver and black after signing a one-year, $795,000 contract last offseason. This came after four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
The Raiders still need to add an edge rusher, likely through the draft, but Wilson’s return makes the defensive line more reliable and gives it a better rotation at a position group that needs to stay fresh throughout a game.